Ohio Senate Drop Kicks Union Workers
Matt | On 03, Mar 2011
The people of Ohio should feel rather hoodwinked this morning.
While the storm of paralyzed progress has been brewing in Wisconsin with anti-union actions, Ohio had also jumped into the fray. Little did everyone know that the Buckeye State was on the express train to shitting on workers rights.
Yesterday, the Ohio Senate passed the controversial Senate Bill 5 by a skimpy margin of 17-16. The legislation limits the powers of unionized state workers. This included taking away much of the option of collective bargaining about any items other than pay. Binding arbitration would be out for police and firefighters, merit-based pay increases are in, and so is the contribution of state workers to their health care plans.
The clause about collective bargaining was what really caused the uproar for most union workers. Without that, they can’t negotiate a lot of the perks and protections of their jobs. The state lawmakers claim that it will save Ohio taxpayers millions because they will reduce the cost of employing state workers. ::sigh::
It’s really an attempt by Republican Gov. John Kasich and the GOP-controlled Ohio Legislature to break up the power of unions. There, I said it. I can’t make it any more clear than that.
Of course, there was some trickery going on behind the scenes to make this passage happen. The bill was in committee and needed to be voted out of committee to the Senate floor. So, the GOP removed two union-supporting Republican senators from the Insurance and Labor Committee and the Rules Committee in order to get the votes they needed to make it to the floor. Shitty tactics, I tell ya…
The next step is a full vote in the Ohio House of Representatives and then to Gov. Kasich’s desk for a signature.
To use my Charlie Sheen-ism for the day … This bill is one of the reasons why Ohio is NOT “winning…”